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Beware of Your Vendors

How Your Friends Can Hurt You If a friend gives you Ebola does it matter that you like him? Does it matter that you like your vendors, if their ignorance or […]

Health Care: The FBI and California Attorney General are Calling

  In April the FBI issued an alert to health care organizations warning that they were not as secure as they think they are. The biggest vulnerability was the perception […]

HIPAA Guidance for Same-Sex Marriages

  The HHS Office for Civil Rights has issued new guidance clarifying HIPAA and same-sex marriages as it relates to the disclosures of health information. Additional guidance is forthcoming as […]

September 2014 HIPAA Update

New HIPAA On-Site & Business Associate Audits Early this year the Office for Civil Rights announced that it would be conducing approximately 400 remote “desk audits” of HIPAA Covered Entities […]

“Doctor, During Your Physical We Found A Lump”

5 Ways to Prevent Hidden Risks I recently visited a medical practice to conduct a Meaningful Use Security Risk Analysis. They told me their EHR patient records were being backed […]

Breach of 4.5 million records— More Questions Than Answers

Still, there are lessons to be learned even for small organizations Community Health Systems’ (CHS) recent data breach of 4.5 million patient records brings up several questions. All of these […]

How a HIPAA Violation Became Malpractice

5 Myths & Facts every provider needs to know “I used HIPAA to establish the standard of care.  Though it might seem a semantic distinction, it is actually quite important […]

Does Your Business Associate Agreement Adequately Protect Patient Data?

Trust but Verify: Don’t Get a False Sense of Security from your Business Associates Two recent highly publicized data breaches illustrate the need for HIPAA Covered Entities to make sure […]

HIPAA Omnibus Starts 180-day Countdown to Compliance

New HIPAA Rules affect health care providers & many businesses that support them On March 23, 2013, the new HIPAA Omnibus Rules takes effect, requiring health care organizations to update their […]

Turn Your HIPAA Security Rule Compliance Around

HIPAA Security Rule Can No Longer Be Ignored Health care organizations that have ignored the HIPAA Security Rule; businesses that resist compliance programs; and companies that store data but argue […]

"Even though I serve both as the county IT director and the HIPAA Security Officer, I would not have been able to identify some of the issues you uncovered. As an outside organization you were able to gather information objectively, and offer a perspective I could not have gotten using internal resources. Your certifications in HIPAA and Security enabled you to ask the right questions, and relate your findings directly to the HIPAA rules."
Ken Peaslee, Director, Information Technology
County of Steuben, NY

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